Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Penn Jillette is pretty smart, for an atheist

Penn Jillette schools three astonishingly clueless liberals about the Newtown murders.

Jillette is right about practically everything in this video.

I should add two things about the libs inane arguments:

1) The woman on the far right at the table said early in the interview that  (paraphrasing because it's so stupid that I can't bear to listen to it again) 'we should outlaw all semi-automatic rifles, because they can be made into machine guns, and if the killer had only pistols, he would have been able to kill only about two people'.



a) There are at least a 100 million semi-automatic rifles in the U.S. They are the least common weapon used in crimes (c/w pistols, knives, baseball bats, fists, sawed-off shotguns, etc). Outlawing them would make 100 million Americans into felons if they didn't turn them in, and many millions of Americans wouldn't. So cops would have to go door to door to disarm millions of passionate gun owners who are now declared felons  and who (rightly) understand that they have a constitutional right to own the gun. What a great policy idea to reduce gun violence.

b) Semi-automatic weapons are almost never made into automatic weapons. It requires special skills and parts and equipment that are generally unavailable. Anyone who wants an automatic weapon would do better simply to buy one on the black market, which is easy.

c) Pistols are highly effective weapons for mass killings. The biggest mass shooting in US history was the murder of 32 people at Virginia Tech. It was done by a killer with two pistols.

2) The idiot woman in the center compared the US gun homicide rate to that of Switzerland. Switzerland has a very low gun homicide rate, it is true. And Switzerland requires every adult male to have a fully automatic military assault rifle in his home (all Swiss men are military reservists). Switzerland is in the top 10% of gun ownership in the world, and nearly all of the guns are fully automatic assault rifles, and its gun crime rate is very low. QED.

So the Liberal Democrats sitting around the table with Jillette are utterly wrong about many basic facts about gun ownership and gun violence in the US.

Here's a fact:

Virtually all of the gun violence in the United States is perpetrated by... (you know the answer...) Democrats.

Democrats shoot Democrats in municipalities governed by Democrats.

Maybe if people like the uninformed morally posturing pinheads at the table with Jillette stopped voting for Democrats, we'd have better laws better enforced and much less violence. When New York City was run by a Republican (1994-2001) gun violence dropped by 80%. The precipitous drop in gun violence was caused by better governance, not gun control.

We don't need gun control. We need Democrat control.


  1. “Semi-automatic weapons are almost never made into automatic weapons. It requires special skills and parts and equipment that are generally unavailable.”

    Bullshit. Again, search “Bump Fire AR 15” on You Tube. Watch the video(s) and go. No parts or equipment required. Gee, and I thought it was the liberals who weren’t supposed to know anything about guns.

    1. You know you're deep in the heart of Progressoville when you see people referencing homemade YouTube videos as serious sources.

      I actually saw one "prove" the claim that the 911 attack was an inside job using a "model" of the towers built with chicken wire.

    2. @anon:

      Bump Firing is impractical and highly inaccurate, and isn't fully automatic shooting anyway. Each round is fired by a separate trigger pull.

      The guy in the video used his belt loop. We need to outlaw belt loops, and then this won't be a problem.

    3. @anon:

      You wouldn't have any illegal belt loops in your closet, would you?

    4. Conservatives can’t believe there own lying eyes when what they see doesn’t match their narrative.

      Try doing a tiny bit of research before you embarrass yourself further.


    5. KW:

      You wouldn't be harboring any unregistered belt loops, would you?

  2. Mythbusting: Israel and Switzerland are not gun-toting utopias by Ezra Klein at Washington Post.

    In the article, Ezra cites a paper by Janet Rosenbaum, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center School, which can be found here: doi:10.1057/jphp.2011.56


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